Albuquerque Public Schools Facilities:
2017 Realities and Challenges in Detail
The difficult job of planning for school building maintenance is most effective when it relies upon up-to-date information about the condition and use of buildings, campuses, equipment, and personnel. As such, Albuquerque Public Schools staff members, who are intimately involved in the day-to-day assessment, repair, and maintenance and operations (“M&O”) of school facilities must also play an active role in the facilities maintenance planning process. Yet facilities maintenance planning is not solely the responsibility of M&O. Effective planning requires coordination of resources and commitment between M&O, the Capital Master Plan, and Facilities Design and Construction.
This challenge also deals with the reality of how dramatically schools and students have transformed in the last 10 to 15 years, and how M&O and APS have adapted to these realities. APS’ school facilities have grown in complexity and sophistication. The widely diverse students, representing an array of family classifications, no longer travel a linear education journey free of transitions and setbacks. Additionally, schools have become evening and weekend community hubs as well as the traditional education sites. To accommodate these many changes, M&O has transitioned from a straight forward maintenance-only function to a multifaceted facilities management operation that includes cutting-edge technology and data control, energy conservation programs, electrical and mechanical systems, state-of-the art monitoring and tracking software, astute facilities use scheduling, and much more. This presents endless new, challenging and exciting opportunities to meet rapidly evolving educational needs which were never imagined by the M&O management teams of yesteryear.
Add into this equation that APS has 151 building sites with 16.2 million square feet; 12 million square feet of roofing, a geographical area just slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island at 1250 square miles, $50,000.00 in utility cost each day with a 24/7, 365 days a year operating schedule, and 50 acres of turf areas to maintain.
Make your reservations now to join the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico as we are honored to have John Dufay, Executive Director of Operations for Albuquerque Public Schools, speak about his challenges and solutions at the monthly breakfast meeting beginning at 7 am on Wednesday morning, February 15th, 2017, at the Garduno’s Uptown Restaurant in Albuquerque. Are you a facility manager? Come and share in John’s expertise and accomplishments. Are you a supplier? Come and find out what opportunities are available as APS takes on their upcoming projects.
Technology Marches On:
The Internet of Things is King
The Facility Manager Association of New Mexico’s President Tom Plummer, P.E., stepped up to the plate and took a swing at outlining the proliferation of technology and how it affects how we run our buildings, our relationships, and how it affects our lives at a heavily attended January meeting, where members and guests of the organization gathered to network and bond while hearing thought provoking information.
An engineer, veteran, and facility manager, Tom is currently the Director of Health Facilities for the Albuquerque area Indian Health Service, and he brought his considerable experience and penchant for early adaption to the spirit of the meeting, exploring how we currently use technology to interface with our building systems and to explore what the future may hold.
Citing the “building blocks” of the internet of things, he advised the group that the basics include sensors, connectivity, broadband, analytic software, building automation system/energy management systems, a common communication protocol (BACnet), intelligent controllers, smart utility meters, and network security/ a good relationship with IT support as the IoT foundation.
The benefits? “You will achieve energy savings, Improved efficiency and service, lower labor costs, the ability to attract customers, keep employees and tenants happy, and protect your assets,” he summarized in closing. A link to this presentation is on the FMANM website at www.fmanm.com.
It seems the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico has an exciting line-up for the 2017 agenda! If you missed the January program, we explored the unimaginable proliferation of technology and connectivity with our very own FMA President, Tom Plummer. A record number of folks attended. Next up, another giant home-run hitter is at bat: John Dufay, Executive Director for the Albuquerque Public Schools maintenance and operations department will talk about his power-house projects, systems, and team strategies for 2017. Next, our March program will explore the critical dynamics of saving money and your equipment by investigating the positive effects of motor balancing and vibration analysis, hosted by long-time FMA supporters, Kinetic Improvement.
But wait, there’s more!
Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual Poker Run and Bike & Car Show returns on Saturday morning, April 22nd, hosted this year at the fabulous Thunderbird Harley Davidson dealership. Get your motors running and get your ride ready for the fun networking event of the spring. And our storied, infamous Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held again this year at the beautiful Isleta Eagle Championship Golf Tournament on Friday, July 28th, 2017. Start planning now to field a team, sponsor a hole, or sponsor the whole event!
Alive and thriving! See you this year at all of the FMANM programs.
As I heard it recently said, the turn to a new
year needs to be a balance of what we
learned and experienced in the past year with
what we hope to accomplish in the new year.
Last year in FMANM afforded us the opportunity to
learn about a broad range of topics: from security to Building Envelopes
and from Facility Economics and Sustainability to the internet of
Technology and Human Interaction! We got to experience another great
Golf Tournament at the Isleta Eagle course as well as another Facility
and Building Operations Trade Show!
But we at the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico are
wanting to 'crank it up a notch' for 2017! We will be tapping into some
local expertise to bring you some great presentations at our breakfast
meetings and some more fun as we join together for another Car /
Motorcycle Show and Poker Run! In particular we want to continue to
focus on our primary mission of supporting the tradesmen and
facility professionals of the future. Thanks to the support of our
members we are expecting to give another check to CNM so they can
provide scholarships to students who are up-and-coming in facility related
fields of study (don't miss our March 15th meeting). Also, we will
have a CNM representative come share with us about one of their latest
programs (Hint: it will directly contribute to one of New Mexico's fastest
growing business sectors - Craft Brewing! Can anyone give me a
‘second to the motion' of field trip?
I would be remiss if I didn't thank the Board of Directors for their
continued efforts and vote of confidence as they re-seated me as
President of FMANM again this year, along with Selby Lucero as Vice
Finally, if you are not an FMANM member yet, please take that small
step to build your business relationships and capture the great experiences you can have that will help improve your job performance.
We make work more fun and productive! Put www.FMANM.com in you
browser favorites and join us for some educational and entertaining
events in 2017!
Tom Plummer, P.E.
Director for Healthcare Facilities
Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service
Attention Healthcare Facility Managers
Or Any FM Who Needs Compliance Training:
Here is a Resource
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Hazardous Waste Bureau conducts hazardous waste inspections at hospitals, pharmacies, as well as other types of facilities. They offer their services to conduct free training concerning managing hazardous waste at hospitals and pharmacies. Having recently conducted inspections at several hospitals, they have found the majority of them to be out of compliance. Their aim to provide this training to large audiences spreads the information more quickly than individually inspecting each hospital/pharmacy.
But beyond healthcare, NMED believes they might be able to target some training for other diverse and various types of facilities. Compliance assistance is a key component in their program and keeping facilities in compliance makes the job a lot easier.
Need more information to start this discussion? Contact Janine Kraemer, CHMM, Hazardous Waste Supervisor for the New Mexico Environment Department, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1,Santa Fe NM 87505 office 505-476-4372, or email to email@example.com or connect with Facility Manager Association’s vice president, Tom Plummer with the Indian Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org